17 days in Chilean Patagonia, Patagonia & Buenos Aires Itinerary

17 days in Chilean Patagonia, Patagonia & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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Fly to Punta Arenas, Bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Drive
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 2 nights
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
On the 16th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Grey. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary maker website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine). Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) are cooler (15°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Nature · Parks · Museums
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El Chalten, Argentina

— 2 nights
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy. On your second day here, explore the activities along Laguna Capri, hike along Laguna de los Tres, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the El Chalten trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Chalten takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

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El Calafate, Argentina

— 4 nights
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Get out of town with these interesting El Calafate side-trips: Los Glaciares National Park (Perito Moreno Glacier & Glaciar Spegazzini). There's much more to do: cast your line with Estancia Cristina, take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, and get outside with Enjoy!.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 3 nights
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, get great views at Cerro Otto, hike along Circuito Chico, and take a leisurely stroll along Puerto Panuelo.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from El Calafate in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, get a taste of the local shopping with Recoleta, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires vacation planning website.

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in December: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.